Friday, November 5, 2010

Brier Grace

I came across this beautiful child's name on the internet a short time ago and thought I should do a little copperplate piece. I wanted to do my usual Mccaffery Brown and watercolour technique but I accidentally used Pelikan brown instead. When I applied the watercolour, the Pelikan brown reacted to the rose watercolour and turned a muted rusty colour! It even toned down the olive green leaves. Still a fun piece of experimental work.


Joseph Chapman said...

Well, I like the autumnalization of the colors (at least that's how they appear on my screen). Did you use Pelikan brown out of the bottle or doctor it with gum arabic a la Bill Lilly?

What a sweet name. One of the hazards of scribing for a Boston Brahmin Anglican parish is that I have to fit names like "Reginald Sturbridge Skellington-Brathwaite, V" onto the 10 cm lines on our baptismal certificates. I'll have to remember "Brier Grace" for my upcoming talk on "Choosing your baby's name."

Jane Farr said...

So beautiful Heather! The roses, the symmetry of your flourishes, and the lettering are all stunning.

Jody Meese said...

What a happy accident! I've been looking at some of the more muted fall colors like that and wondering how they would work in a piece. Beautiful!

Heather said...

Thanks for the smile Joseph! I can see you working hard to fit that name on a 10 cm line!

I doctored the Pelikan ink with the gum arabic but I guess my moist brush technique was too wet at the time.

Hope all is well,

Dana said...

Don't you love a happy accident!

Spectacular colors and lovely name.


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